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Diet Advice Sheet

Foods and drinks that have the potential to cause dental erosion

(Causes wear- bad)

Food and drinks with low/no erosive potential

(Reduced risk of wear- good)

Potentially cariogentic foods and drinks

(Causes holes-bad)

Foods and drinks with low potential for dental caries

(Reduced risk of holes- good)

  • Soft drinks- carbonated and diluted squashes including ‘diet’ varieties
  • Fresh fruit juices and fruit juice drinks
  • Wine, Alcopops, Cider and Perry, Spirits consumed with mixers
  • Some Herbal teas
  • Fresh fruit such as citrus fruits and apples (not bananas) if eaten often in large quantities
  • Vinegar, Sauces and Pickles (large quantities)
  • Acidic sweets (e.g. acidic fruit drops)
  • Chewable aspirin and vitamin C tablets (large quantities)
  • Bread (sandwiches, toast, crumpets and pitta bread)·
  • Pasta, rice and starchy staple foods
  • Fibrous foods (e.g. raw vegetables)
  • Low-sugar breakfast cereals (e.g. shredded wheat)
  • Sugar-free chocolate and sugar-free chewing gum
  • Cheese
  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Tea & Coffee unsweetened
  • Sugar and chocolate confectionery
  • Cakes and biscuits
  • Buns, pastries, fruit pies
  • Sponge puddings and other puddings
  • Table Sugar
  • Sugared breakfast cereals
  • Jams, preserves, honey
  • Ice cream
  • Fruit in syrup
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Sugared soft drinks
  • Sugared, milk-based beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages containing sugar

Low/no caries risk:

  • Bread (sandwiches, toast, crumpets and pitta bread)
  • Pasta, rice and starchy staple foods
  • Unsweetened or artificially sweetened yoghurt
  • Low-sugar breakfast cereals (e.g. shredded wheat)
  • Sugar-free confectionary
  • Fresh fruit (whole and not juices)
  • Water
  • Sugar-free drinks


Possible anti-cariogenic effect (prevents holes):

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Peanuts
  • Sugar-free chewing gum
  • Fibrous foods (e.g. raw vegetables)
  • Xylitol sweeteners, gum and mints
  • Tea unsweetened